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Sep 9, 2014

Shooting Victim Speaks Out Against Police

Kent Skeet

On Monday, we reported that both a criminal and an internal investigation have been launched by the Police Department into the shooting of a Baghdad Street resident over the weekend. According to police, an officer on duty pulled out his service weapon and shot fifty year old Kent Skeet while on an operation in Taylor’s Alley. Skeet was shot to the left leg sometime after three Saturday morning. In an interview with News Five, Skeet claims that he was on his way home when he was shot by a police; he was taken to the K.H.M.H. for treatment, but thereafter was charged for two criminal offenses of which he knew nothing about. He was arraigned on Monday for the aggravated assault and harm of P.C. Eloid Rowland before Magistrate Herbert Panton. According to Kent, the officer approached him as he was walking home and began tugging at him. He pushed the officer in self defense and is now being charged criminally. Skeet says he was shot by the police at the corner of West and Orange Streets.

 

Kent Skeet, Shooting Victim

“I mi gwen home from Diamond’s Club. I come down the canal side, turn down to Orange Street and right dah the corner of West Street, two officers mi deh deh with a young lady on the left hand side and next officer on the right hand side mi got wah young man by weh the man sell food. The officer just left the young man and come and grab me in my shirt middle street and ker me towards the next young man ina di corner. So I tell ahn let go my shirt and ih just let go my shirt and slap me hard ina my face. So ih di come fi slap me again and I push my hand and my hand touch ah somewhere ina ih chest to defend myself. Ih gone back way, haul out ih gun and shot me ina my foot.”

 

Reporter

“Where were you shot?”

 

Kent Skeet

“Right back yah so, but it tight and I can’t lift up the pants foot right now.”

 

Reporter

“What happened after you were shot?”

 

Kent Skeet

“Well, I lean up against the building and hold mi foot fi try stop di blood because it mi di bleed a lot. About five to seven minutes, they call the mobile so that they ker mi to the hospital. Then dehn treat me and ker mi back dah the station where police tell me that they wah charge me for assaulting an officer.”

 

Reporter

“Did you assault the officer in any way?”

 

Kent Skeet

“Well I only defend myself; that dah di only thing weh I could say they di charge me assault for. But I noh know about no harm weh dehn di talk about.”

 

Reporter

“Were you doing anything illegal for him to approach you?”

 

Kent Skeet

“Nothing, I just the walk middle street di go home. And he just come and ih smell ah liquor.”

 

Skeet pleaded not guilty to both charges and was offered bail in the sum of five hundred dollars plus one surety of the same amount, which he met. 

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